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278                              LETTERS   FROM   THE

Prince, to whom he says he told more truths than
he probably had ever heard in his life, or perhaps
any sovereign ever heard. The Prince asked
him "why the British fleet had forced its way up
the Baltic ? " He answered, " to crush and anni-
hilate a confederacy formed against the dearest
interests of England." He pointed out Bernsdorf
(who was present) as the author of the combina-
tion, and answerable for all the blood which had
been spilt that day, and added, that if they had
not had beating enough, he was ready to return
on board, and lay Copenhagen, its shipping and
arsenal, in ashes. The Prince was exceedingly
agitated and terrified.

Unfortunately Lady H. was called away, and
I did not hear the end of that letter.

It is very singular that when Nelson landed,
he was received with huzzas and shouts of triumph,
and escorted to the palace amidst the acclama-
tions of the admiring multitude. The capitulation
of Copenhagen is expected hourly.

The death of Paul I. occasions a variety of
reports about its cause and manner. Those that
will have it he was poisoned, say that the
chemists are now able to extract an essential oil
out of peach stones, which, when rubbed upon
the lips of a sleeping person, will prevent his